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December 16
2013

Sangita
India

Question

What is the best way to transmute tamas energy (a state of dullness and stagnation) to rajas (action) when outer circumstances are not at all favorable. For instance, a person might desperately want to revive a failed career but under no circumstance manage to arrange for the money required to revive the career. Or maybe after a broken relationship a person might want to move on and for that, a change of place is necessary but he might not be able to do so. Is it advisable to wait for divine timing then?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sangita,

In seemingly impossible situations giving all to the Divine is the best possibly solution. Make Him responsible to help you in your need, whatever it is. You will feel Him liking this, liking to be a conscious part of your life.

In fact, don’t wait until there are impossible situations to ask God for help. When your mind is filled with worries or you’re depressed over difficult situations, the habit patterns are such that it is harder to turn toward the light, even if you remember to do so.

December 5
2013

Nirja
India

Question

Hi, I recently changed my career path and started on a new one — one that I’ve wanted to pursue since I was a child. I’ve begun to realize that I tend to struggle a lot and get intimidated around people who I feel are better than me. I tend to skip on assignments and projects where I have to compete with people who I feel are more appropriate for the job at hand. I know that unless I try, I couldn’t possibly win, but my fear of not being good enough & lack of self esteem may cost me my dream.

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nirja,

There is a wonderful book that Swami Kriyananda wrote to give us in all situations affirmations that help to bring us back to our center and expand our consciousness. It is called Affirmations for Self-Healing. I’d like to quote a little from one of the affirmations to help you understand that we can determine our thoughts and consciousness, that we do not need to live in habits of negative thoughts of our selves or others.

November 21
2013

Sangita
India

Question

Hi!I recently came across an article about how there are guardian angles above us who always want to love us and protect us, about how they constantly send signs through clouds, feathers, coins, music, flowers, and butterflies when asked for. They lovingly help us when we are lost, provided we have faith in them. If we miss out signs and ask for more, they gladly oblige. All these sound so comforting and soothing. Who are these angles? Are they representatives of God or our departed loved ones?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sangita,

Yes, Yogananda and Kriyananda both speak of angels. They primarily dwell in the Astral Worlds, but are able to help us out here on Earth. They are messengers of God and are spoken of in the Jewish-Christian Bible many times.

They are special creations and representatives of God, but they are not our departed loved ones — they are on a different evolutionary track from human beings.

praveen
usa

Question

Does the deer skin solve the need for silk cloth while in meditation?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Praveen,

I assume you mean, will a deer skin replace the need for a silk cloth used in insulating one from the earthly vibrations while meditating. Yes, of course, it can as all natural fiber materials do. You will see in the Autobiography of a Yogi many pictures of saints meditating on deer skins.

November 19
2013

Jharna
India

Question

It is said that good karma leads to a happy life. But the fact is it is tough to be good and easy to follow evil. Evil people live smooth lives but honest and nice turbulent lives. I am 40, try not to hurt anyone and be as honest as possible. My ex has broken innumerable hearts without regret, cunning but is leading a happy life today. He is charming and his wife is head over heals for him.There are people who have black money and are happy. My Dad was honest, but is ailing. So why shouldn’t I be dishonest?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jharna,

Yes, some people profit from bad behavior. They may have enough good karma to shield them, temporarily, from the consequences of their bad behavior. But sooner or later—perhaps not in this lifetime—the bad karma will catch up with them.

Bad behavior does not entail a risk; it entails a certainty of paying the price at a later date. Bad behavior also has a short-term drawback: You feel bad when doing it. True, some people are so dense that they block out that bad feeling for a time.

November 6
2013

vekas bhatia
india

Question

My business is not doing well, so I am in a deep disempowered state. I pray to the divine gurus for their blessings but I am not able to find any breakthroughs. Sometimes I start doubting my own abilities. Please guide me how to empower myself and come out of this breakdown.

Regards, Vekas

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Vekas,

When our energy level drops, everything looks difficult. When our energy level rises, everything looks possible. When our energy is low, there seems to be no solution to our various challenges. When our energy is high, solutions become clear and obvious.

October 24
2013

Ramesh Aritakula
India

Question

Why did God create Man? What is his interest in doing so? A person accumulates lot of good/bad karma from thousands of his past lives. He / she suffers a lot because of the accumulated bad karma. Had not God created man in first place, all this karma would not have been there and there would not be any suffering because of ego, jealousy, lust, and so forth. The point I am asking is that if God had not created Man in first place, then there would not be any war, crime, violence, and suffering.

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Ramesh,

A very good question! I’m going to answer you with these words from the book, Paramhansa Yogananda, With Personal Reflections & Reminiscences, by Swami Kriyananda :

“In the beginning”—that is to say, before Cosmic Creation—there is in existence only the ever-calm Spirit, vibrationless, fathomless. Its nature is ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss, or Satchidananda. (It was Paramhansa Yogananda who added “ever-new” to the translation.) Why would perfect Bliss, complete in Itself, feel any need to create at all? In India it has been suggested that “God wanted to enjoy Himself through many.” Swami Sri Yukteswar answered the inevitable question of why God created the universe by saying, “Leave a few mysteries to be solved after you reach the Divine.” Yogananda’s expression, however, “ever-new,” in addition to the concept of Bliss suggests a more fully satisfying explanation (satisfying, that is, to human reason). What it hints at is that the very nature of Bliss is to want to express Itself. The ever-new aspect of Cosmic Bliss causes it periodically to express Itself creatively, expanding Self-awareness into outward manifestation.”

Nina
India

Question

Do stones really work? If yes, how? I have been advised to wear a neela stone by someone. He told me it is going to bring a change in my fortune. But what about prarabdh karma? Will the stone help to deal with it? I am on the spiritual path but life is a rough ride for me. I face very very big obstacles in everything that I try to do be it career or personal life. I am almost drained mentally and emotionally. Should a stone help me? Has Masterji said anything about it?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nina,

Such tests are all directional toward finding our true source in God. What Sri Yukteswar says in Autobiography of a Yogi, "A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma." And later in Chapter #16, he also says, "What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he has spiritual resources which are not subject to planetary pressure.”

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